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Klown (2012)


Average Rating: 6.1/10
Reviews Counted: 50
Fresh: 36
Rotten: 14

Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.

Average Rating: 5.6/10
Reviews Counted: 17
Fresh: 12
Rotten: 5

Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.


Average Rating: 3.6/5
User Ratings: 2,210


Movie Info

Two wildly inappropriate friends run amok through the Danish countryside plowing through endless awkward confrontations and unspeakable debaucheries. Hopelessly wrongheaded Frank "kidnaps" the 12-year-old nephew of his pregnant girlfriend in an eager attempt to prove his fatherhood potential to join sex-crazed Casper on his secret adulterous weekend canoe trip. From exclusive brothels, hospitalizations, armed robberies and even prison, the three paddle downstream from one chaotic misadventure to … More

R (for strong sexual content, graphic nudity, language and some drug use)
Directed By:
Written By:
Casper Christensen
In Theaters:
Sep 25, 2012
Box Office:
Drafthouse Films - Official Site


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Critic Reviews for Klown

All Critics (50) | Top Critics (17) | Fresh (36) | Rotten (14)

A grim, desperately unfunny parade of dick jokes, masturbation jokes, dick jokes, paedophilia jokes, dick jokes, rape jokes, gay jokes and dick jokes

Full Review… | December 2, 2013
Time Out
Top Critic

KLOWN is a one of the most comically aggressive films you will ever see.

Full Review… | November 8, 2013
Top Critic

Its deliberate aversion to good taste is the biggest gag of all, and the source of its claim to infamy; yet running beneath the grossness, and the calamitous bonhomie, is a quiet streak of despair.

Full Review… | August 6, 2012
New Yorker
Top Critic

It can seem sometimes that Hollywood has a monopoly on stupid, obnoxious comedy. Anyone who sees "Klown" will learn otherwise.

Full Review… | August 2, 2012
Boston Globe
Top Critic

Think of all the gags you think might go too far, and then watch as Nørgaard takes them even further.

Full Review… | August 2, 2012
Arizona Republic
Top Critic

Ultra-raunchy, sometimes hilarious...

Full Review… | July 26, 2012
New York Post
Top Critic

Situational comedies need some believability to be effective, and too many gags in Klown feel like punchlines whose set-ups were engineered in reverse...

Full Review… | June 2, 2014
Film School Rejects

In its cheerfully offensive and bizarre way, Klown is often funny.

Full Review… | December 5, 2013

Aside from its standout scenes Klown is underpowered, content to coast on the easy chemistry between its leads.

Full Review… | December 5, 2013
Little White Lies

Ultimately, Klown is just a comedy, and an excruciatingly funny one at that, even if at times it does veer into somewhat uncomfortable territory.

Full Review… | December 3, 2013

Denmark's charmless answer to The Hangover crosses the line between gross-out and just plain gross.

Full Review… | December 2, 2013
Total Film

A gleefully rude Danish wronging-of-age comedy.

Full Review… | December 1, 2013
Empire Magazine

Each and every situation here is designed to make viewers squirm -- and, as a side effect, laugh out of shock and discomfort.

Full Review… | August 22, 2012
Common Sense Media

A raunchy shock comedy through and through, one in which nearly every major laugh involves, in one way or another, male genitalia. Or, in one case, an index finger.

Full Review… | August 17, 2012

There are certainly laughs to be had here, but maybe Klown was more effective (and funnier) in thirty-minute doses on TV than dragged out to feature length.

Full Review… | August 9, 2012
Television Without Pity

Klown is another comedy that wrings most of its laughs from the premise that in the absence of a civilizing female presence males are apt to revert to despicable and idiotic behavior.

Full Review… | August 9, 2012

[It's] ridiculously raunchy yet also remains relatively heartfelt.

Full Review… | August 9, 2012
San Francisco Examiner

The degree of difficulty is very high with this uncomfortable comedy. I cringed with laughter throughout.

Full Review… | August 5, 2012
The Scorecard Review

Raunchy, awkward, over-the-top and fun.

Full Review… | August 3, 2012
Paste Magazine

Great Danes 'Klown' Around

Full Review… | August 3, 2012
Boston Herald

It isn't art, it's will-o-the-wisp thin, but it might well make you squirt your soda through your nose.

Full Review… | August 2, 2012

Audience Reviews for Klown


Think of a Judd Apatow film. Now add some grit and gravitas and (more) lewdness, without stripping away any of the honest charm, and you'll get a film a lot like Klown.

At its core, it's the story of three men growing up - never mind that two of them are already in their forties. Our hero, Frank, is a bumbler whose girlfriend has all but given up on his fatherhood potential. Frank's friend Casper organizes an annual camping trip, which is largely a cover for the men to cheat on their wives, and in a misguided attempt to prove he can be a father after all, Frank kidnaps his girlfriend's twelve-year-old nephew the day before the trip, and has no choice but to take him along. It's a film with a lot of laughs and in the end a lot of charm, too - a little-known film from Denmark that punches above its weight and leaves a bigger impression. Great discovery!

Daniel Perry

Super Reviewer

Hilarious. Almost entirely unpleasant.

Kevin Cookman
Kevin Cookman

Super Reviewer

Klown Quotes

She made pancakes!
– Submitted by Robert P (2 years ago)
I need women! It's my drug!
– Submitted by Chris P (2 years ago)
I have loads of father potential!
– Submitted by Chris P (2 years ago)

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